Chief Programs Director
Suzanne joined CITRS in January 2017 as the Lead Mentor/Coach for the Comprehensive Character Development Initiative in 22 Pre-K through 12th grade schools. In 2019, she became the WNY Regional Director, overseeing multiple consultants and ensuring successful implementation of the expansion to a larger WNY regional focus. Suzanne is currently the CITRS Chief Programs Director, overseeing the implementation of the CITRS GROW Model nationwide, and provides direct service to schools as the lead on-site GROW consultant.
Suzanne holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, a master’s degree in Counselor Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Study and permanent NYS Certification in School Counseling.
During her tenure as a school counselor, Suzanne became an award-winning educator being named the 2014 Judy Silver Humane Educator of the Year for excellence in providing lessons of kindness and compassion to children and was also named the school’s Educator of the Year. She was a contributing member and leader on several committees/teams including: Child Study Team (CST), District CST, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), District Crisis Planning/Suicide Prevention, and Comprehensive District Educational Plan (CDEP).
Since her years as a full-time school counselor, Suzanne has worked with educators (& business professionals), students and/or parents in over 50 schools and organizations. Her expertise includes training, consultation, keynote and/or coaching in well-being/stress management, solution-focused theory/strategy, positive/growth mindset, family support center start-up, and creating a culture of character.
Suzanne is the owner of a private consulting and life coaching practice, Stress Management and Wellness Solutions, LLC, and serves as the President of a 501(C)3 not-for-profit organization, The Character Council of WNY.
Suzanne is passionate about empowering educators to be their best selves and living a more productive and fulfilling career and life. Her goal is to help schools thrive by adopting an effective continuous improvement process, built on a foundation of character and healthy relationships, that will result in a positive school climate and maximum success for students.